Covid-19 has not only devastated families’ livelihoods and put their health at risk, but it has also widened the gap in terms of access to educational resources. The current pandemic forced schools around the world to close and deliver instruction virtually. For many students, even though this is not the preferred method of learning, it was relatively easy to adjust to online lessons. For our Project PEARLS scholars ( https://www.projectpearls.org/help-our-scholars-succeed/ ), however, distance learning proved yet to be another obstacle hindering them from obtaining a meaningful education. Only 1% of our 500+ scholars have their own computer at home. About 96% of them do not have an internet connection, while 56% of the students borrow cell phones from others just to be able to attend classes. For these kids, access to technology (or the lack thereof), which allows for effective social distance learning, is a roadblock that has had a dramatic impact on our scholars’ educational experiences.
Cassie’s Bag of Dreams was started with the goal of breaking the cycle of childhood poverty by inspiring hope and giving educational resources to underprivileged children. This year I am once again partnering with Project PEARLS in education initiatives to help the scholars affected by school closures. Project PEARLS is working to provide routers and wifi hotspots in the communities so that the scholars can access learning modules and classroom lessons online. On my end, instead of backpacks, I am fundraising to buy chromebooks for the Project PEARLS scholars in support of this mission.
For my 17th birthday this year, my goal is to raise 625,000 Php to buy 50 Chromebooks to benefit the college scholars and the Project PEARLS Learning Center in Bulacan. Each chromebook is about 13,000 Php. I hope you join me this year by either sponsoring a Chromebook or donating any amount towards the purchase of one. No amount is insignificant. Every dollar/peso counts.
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